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Santa will visit you in Gettysburg Dec. 24

Santa Claus is planning his usual late-night stop at homes around town on Tuesday, Dec. 24, but this year, by special request, he will visit some places earlier in the evening.
Santa found out that there are families who could use some help putting food on the table this year, and teachers in the Student Assistance Team at the school have a fund to help. Santa wanted to do his part to contribute, so he is making some extra stops this year.
For a free will donation, Santa will visit your family on Christmas Eve, and all proceeds will go to the fund the teachers have created.
Michael Fischer is helping Santa book reservations for the evening, so call him at 290-0997 if you would like to donate to the cause and have Santa visit on Christmas Eve. He is also available for appearances earlier in the holiday season for special events and Christmas parties. It is a great way to share the warmth of the holidays!

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Parade of Homes Sunday afternoon

The Gettysburg Area Community Foundation  is sponsoring a Holiday Parade of Homes on Sunday, Dec. 15 from 1 to 5 p.m.
Five homes are on the tour showcasing new and old styles.
Tickets for the Holiday Parade of Homes are available at Great Western Bank, Vilas, Main Street Mini Mall/Gettysburg Flowers, Bank of the West, and Brown’s Insurance. All proceeds from the event go to the local Community Foundation.

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School Christmas concerts

Gettysburg school musicians of all ages will present their holiday concerts on Friday and Monday.
The elementary school concert is Friday, Dec. 13, beginning at 7 p.m. in the school gym.
The junior high and high school Christmas concert will be Monday, Dec. 16 beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the GHS gym.
The concerts are free and open to the public.

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‘Home Free’ holiday concert next week

Fans of a cappell Christmas music will get a treat on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 7:30 at the Legion Building, when Home Fraee will present a holiday concert.
They competed in the NBC show “The Sing Off” and also performed at Gettysburg in April as part of the concert series.
Tickets to the Home Free Christmas concert are available by contacting Bobby Jenner or school vocal instructor Jessica Larson. They are also available at Great Western Bank or at the door the night of the show.

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To top it off…

genzler kidsDSC_0318Alexis and Trace Genzler, children of Rachel and Jeremy Genzler of Gettysburg, picked out the perfect toppings to decorate their cookies. Students from Mrs. Amber Mikkelsen’s FCCLA program set up a table at the mini mall to help kids decorate cookies while they waited to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus on Sunday afternoon.

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Edith Bartels

Edith_SD.HallofFameThe funeral service for Edith Bartels, 83, will be 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 at the United Methodist Church in Gettysburg, SD with the Rev. Jeff Adel officiating. Burial will follow at the Gettysburg Cemetery. A Prayer Service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13 also at the Methodist Church with visitation one hour prior to the service. She died peacefully Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 at the Aberdeen Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Edith Irene Kearns was born July 13, 1929 to Owen and Jeannie (Sutton) Kearns. She grew up in rural western Potter County, attended rural grade school and graduated from Gettysburg High School in 1947. She married Louie Bartels on Nov. 27, 1949. Four children were born to this union. They lived 62 years on their farm west of Gettysburg; the last 2 years they have resided in Aberdeen.
Edith will long be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was deeply involved with 4-H; her family and friends laugh that she taught half of Potter County how to sew – not just the daughters in 4-H, but their mothers too. A superb cook, Edith cooked meals for her family and farm-help yearlong and for as many as 15-20 at harvest time in addition to the many banquets for numerous groups especially FFA and FHA (FCCLA) Awards. Being an Extension Club member fueled her love for teaching youth and being active in her community. She was honored to receive the SD Eminent Homemaker Award in 1999.
Edith was a founding member of the Medicine Rock Cowbelles, served on the SD Beef Council; the Cowbelles later became the American National Cattle Women. She loved being part of the State and National Beef-Cook-off competitions, serving at all levels including Chairman when SD hosted the Cook-off in 1981. She helped develop and install Ag in the Classroom throughout our schools and traveled at the state and national level promoting agriculture and beef industry. In honor of her work she was inducted into the SD Hall of Fame in 2004.
She was a 50+ year member of Eastern Star, active in Job’s Daughters, United Methodist Church and American Legion Auxiliary. In their retirement years Edith and Louie enjoyed winters in Sun City West, AZ. There Edith began extensive research of family genealogy providing numerous notebooks and family photos to Bartels, Kearns and Sutton families. She also enjoyed being a member of the International Ikebana Society, exploring the art of Japanese flower arranging.
Grateful for having shared her life are her husband, Louie of Aberdeen. Daughter Marcine (Arne) Fennel, Concord, NC. Their children: Alicia (Corey) Glass, Waxhaw, NC; Geoff (Celyn) Fennel, Decatur, GA; Adam (Rebecca) Fennel, Tega Cay, SC; Julie (Andriy) Budnyy, Tampa Bay, FL. Daughter-in-law Corlene Bartels (Owen) Elk Horn, WI. Their son, Clint Bartels, Frasier, CO. Owen’s children: Bob (Annelies) Bartels, Mount Buller, Australia; Cristin (Mark) Wantland, Sugar Hill, GA. Son-in-law Bill (Corliss) Kellogg, Gettysburg. Children of Bill and Ethel Kellogg: Paul (Bonnie) Kellogg, Gettysburg, Rebecca (Ryan) Wuttke, Scottsdale, AZ, Elizabeth Kellogg, Sioux Falls. Daughter Marion (Dean) Marske, their daughters Megan and Kallie, all of Aberdeen. Great-grandchildren: Dylan and Garrett Glass, Anja and Marcus Bartels, Alexis Kellogg, Nathaniel Wantland, Ava and Kennedy Leedom. Sisters: Dorothy (Herb) Lesmeister, Belle Fourche, Janet (Robert) Gesinger, Ridgeview, SD, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Edith was preceded in death by brothers Edwin (Buddy) and Francis, her parents, stepmothers Martha and Selma Kearns, son Owen, daughter Ethel, great-granddaughter Ashley Kellogg.

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Matmen do well in Stanley County Invitational

Potter County Battler wrestlers went to their first tournament in Ft. Pierre on Saturday, Dec. 7.
Luke Vogel brought home the championship at 182 pounds, and Chance Stuwe, Luke Smith, and Brody Schatz all took second place honors. Following are the results from the team.
106# Carl Cronin: 6-0 decision over Slayton Ludenss of Spearfish; 8-9 loss to Atlas Willuwiet of Burke/Gregory; win by pin in 5:07 over Dylan VanderBoom, Newell; 1-0 decision over Tobias Weddell, Todd County to place 3rd.
113# Chance Stuwe: 9-8 decision over Jackson Bogue of Spearfish; loss by fall to Dirk Wolff, Lemmon/McIntosh to place 2nd.
120# Luke Smith: Win by pin in 2:30 over Ryan Habeck, Stanley County JV; win by pin in 3:53 over Jack Whaley, Stanley County; loss by fall to Tyler Waterson, Spearfish to place 2nd.
132# Brody Schatz: win by pin in 1:32 over Seth Livermont of Bennett County; 9-1 decision over Jordan Jessop, Lyman; win by pin in 5:03 over Daniel Slama, Stanley County; 1-13 loss to Joseph Verskrna, Burke/Gregory for 2nd place.
138# Garrett Rausch: 8-4 decision over Reed Gray, Lyman; 2-6 loss to Kurt Braun of Burke/Gregory; 8-3 decision over Jaden Madison, Mobridge/Pollock; 2-8 loss to Patrick Wilson of Lyman to place 4th.
138# unattached Phillip Vetter: win by pin in 1:43 over Adam Hahn, Bennett County; loss by fall to Michael Scott, Stanley County; 0-6 loss to Jaden Madison, Mobridge/Pollock.
145# Chris Zuber: win by pin in 5:29 over Tate Petrak of Bennett County; loss by fall to Levi Schonenbaum, Burke/Gregory; 10-4 decision over Cutter Gillespie, Stanley County JV; loss by fall to Dan Etzkorn of Stanley County to place 4th.
145# unattached Alex Martinez; loss by fall to Brandon Peterson, Lemmon/McIntosh; loss by fall to Cutter Gillespie, Stanley County JV.
182# Luke Vogel: win by pin in 1:27 over JJ Johnson, Spearfish; 7-2 decision over Skye Soesbe, Burke/Gregory; 6-2 decision over Dylan Hill, Sully Buttes to become Champion.
195# Jordan Trujillo: loss by fall to Dowain Kerner, Burke/Gregory; loss by fall to Braydon Peterson, Lemmon/McIntosh to place 7th.
220# JR Belford; loss by fall to Brett Lang, Mobridge/Pollock; loss by fall to Lucas Lantis, Spearfish to place 5th.

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Parade wave…

float snow queensDSC_0242The GHS Snow Queens gave a wave from their float in the Parade of Lights Saturday night. Miss Gettysburg Alli Lake (John and Bridget) and Junior Miss Gettysburg Sierra Wieseler (Ben Wieseler/Deb and Justin Cronin) helped to light up the holidays in Gettysburg. The beautiful fall day drew shoppers downtown and retailers reported a good start to the holiday season, and a big crowd stayed around to support the Mason’s soup supper and the 104th annual Firemen’s Ball. On Sunday the holiday fun continued with the Christmas Tree Extravaganza held at the museum.

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Santa Claus visits Gettysburg on Sunday

Santa Claus and the missus are making a stop at the Main Street Mini Mall on Sunday afternoon to gather Christmas wishes and greet good little children. They will be downtown from 2 to 4 p.m. and everyone is invited to stop by and give Santa this year’s gift list.
Members of the Gettysburg FCCLA organization will also be at the mini mall with fun activities for the kids to keep them busy while the adults do some shopping.

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Holiday Parade of Homes Dec. 15

Five homes in Gettysburg will open their doors to guests while help raise money for the local community foundation.
The Gettysburg Area Community Foundation  is sponsoring a Holiday Parade of Homes on Sunday, Dec. 15 from 1 to 5 p.m. The self guided tour allows guests to see some of the communities new, remodeled, and historic homes that will be decorated for the holidays.
The homes on the tour include those belonging to Mike and Jamie Cronin, Chad and Erika Rausch, Corey and Karen Brown, Bobby Jenner, and Janet B. Cronin.
The money raised for the community foundation go into a what is basically a community savings account program, with earnings awarded each year within the area to help make community improvements on a variety of levels.
Tickets for the Holiday Parade of Homes are available at Great Western Bank, Vilas, Main Street Mini Mall/Gettysburg Flowers, Bank of the West, and Brown’s Insurance. All proceeds from the event go to the local Community Foundation.

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